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Witch Stories
     

Witch Stories

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by E. LYNN LINTON
 

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“Thou shalt not suffer a witch to live.”— Exodus xxii. 18.

In offering the following collection of witch stories to the public, I do not profess to have exhausted the subject, or to have made so complete a summary as I

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“Thou shalt not suffer a witch to live.”— Exodus xxii. 18.

In offering the following collection of witch stories to the public, I do not profess to have exhausted the subject, or to have made so complete a summary as I might have done, had I been admitted into certain private libraries, which contain, I believe, many concealed riches. But I had no means of introduction to them, and was obliged to be content with such authorities as I found in the British Museum, and the other public libraries to which I had access. I do not think that I have left much untold; but there must be, scattered about England, old MSS. and unique copies of records concerning which I can find only meagre allusions, or the mere names of the victims, without a distinctive fact to mark their special history. Should this book come to a second edition, any help from the possessors of these hitherto unpublished documents would be a gain to the public, and a privilege which I trust may be afforded me.

Neither have I attempted to enter into the philosophy of the subject. It is far too wide and deep to be discussed in a few hasty words; and to sift such evidence as is left us—to determine what was fraud, what self-deception, what actual disease, and what the exaggeration of the narrator—would have swelled my book into a far more important and bulky work than I intended or wished. As a general rule, I think we may apply all the four conditions to every case reported; in what proportion, each reader must judge for himself. Those who believe in direct and personal intercourse between the spirit-world and man, will probably accept every account with the unquestioning belief of the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries; those who have faith in the calm and uniform operations of nature, will hold chiefly to the doctrine of fraud; those who have seen much of disease and that strange condition called “mesmerism,” or “sensitiveness,” will allow the presence of absolute nervous derangement, mixed up with a vast amount of conscious deception, which the insane credulity and marvelous ignorance of the time rendered easy to practice; and those who have been accustomed to sift evidence and examine witnesses, will be utterly dissatisfied with the loose statements and wild distortion of every instance on record.

Contents include:
WITCHES OF SCOTLAND
THE STORY OF LADY GLAMMIS
BESSIE DUNLOP AND THOM REID
ALISON PEARSON AND THE FAIRY FOLK
THE CRIMES OF LADY FOWLIS
BESSIE ROY
THE DEVIL'S SECRETARY
THE GRACE WIFE OF KEITH AND HER CUMMERS
THE TWO ALISONS
THE TROUBLES OF ABERDEEN
WHITE WITCHES
THE MISDEEDS OF ISOBEL GRIERSON
BARTIE PATERSON'S CHARM
BEIGIS TOD AND HER COMPEERS
THE PITIFUL FATE OF MARGARET BARCLAY
MARGARET WALLACE AND HER DEAR BURD
THOM REID AGAIN
BESSIE SMITH
THOMAS GRIEVE'S ENCHANTMENTS 1623
KATHERINE GRANT AND HER STOUP
THE MISDEEDS OF MARION RICHART
LADY LEE'S PENNY AND THE WITCHES OF 1629
ELSPETH CURSETTER AND HER FRIENDS
SANDIE AND THE DEVIL
THE MIDWIFE'S DOUBLE SIN
KATHERINE GRIEVE AND JOHN SINCLAIR
BESSIE BATHGATE'S NIPS
BESSIE SKEBISTER
THE TRIAL OF SPIRITS
SIXTEEN HUNDRED AND FORTY THREE
SINCLAIR'S STORIES
MANIE HALIBURTON

THE WITCHES OF ENGLAND
THE WITCH OF BERKELEY
EARLY HISTORIC TRIALS
THE AFFLICTIONS OF ALEX AND ERNYNDGE
ADE DAVIES MOURNING
THE POSSESSION

Product Details

BN ID:
2940011869501
Publisher:
Spastic Cat Press
Publication date:
11/20/2010
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Format:
NOOK Book
File size:
405 KB

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